Hiking is a great sport which is growing in popularity as a way to keep healthy through exercise. Even though the benefits of hiking are high, there are also drawbacks, especially in winter. Hiking in winter can cause you to have a serious accident. Weather conditions up the top of a mountain are very different to the bottom. If you are not prepared for hiking in the winter you could suffer a serious injury which may have long-term effects on your health.
With this in mind, Accident Advice Helpline would like to take the opportunity to counsel you on the danger of hiking in the winter. With over 16 years of experience as personal injury claims specialists, we are well aware of the dangers posed to hikers in winter and are also here to help you claim for compensation if you’ve suffered injuries while hiking due to someone else’s carelessness.
What are the dangers of hiking in the winter?
- Hypothermia. Given that you’ll be hiking in snow and ice you are exposing yourself to extreme weather conditions and if you aren’t prepared you can lose fingers, limbs or even freeze to death. Wearing the right clothing is important and thermal underwear can be very helpful.
- Fatigue. While fatigue often manifests as a symptom of hypothermia, this isn’t always the case. You’re never going to be able to entirely defend yourself against the cold but when you get cold your muscles don’t work as well as they should and your thoughts slow, resulting in poor decision making which can prove fatal in certain circumstances.
- Low visibility. A lack of visibility when it gets foggy or misty might cause hikers to get lost and in storms devices like a GPS don’t always function correctly. You should always carry a map, follow a trail and have a mobile on you in case of getting lost whilst hiking in winter.
- Ice and snow can be treacherous. Slipping on a rock due to it being covered in ice could result in serious injuries and even death so it’s always best to proceed slowly and with caution.
Have you suffered hiking injuries due to another hiker’s carelessness?
If you have been hiking and you have suffered injuries as a result of another person or being taken on the wrong route by a guide, you may be due compensation. Call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to discuss your claim with a friendly and helpful advisor.
Date Published: February 21, 2017
Author: Accident Advice